Boston Legislators Pass Hands Free Cell Bill for Vehicle Safety

Our blog normally does not comment on pending legislation and the political process, however, the bill passed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in Boston on February 4, 2010, would make it safer for drivers. Period. We would be the seventh state to outlaw the use of cell phones without a hands free device. Thus, drivers would be able to keeps their hands on the wheel and their attention on the road.

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Truckers in Boston Must follow New Law On Massachusetts Highways

Under new Department of Transportation regulations, truckers in Massachusetts may not use any device to text message others while operating commercial vehicles. This new federal regulation has come about (not because of common sense, as you would think) but as a result of numerous fatal accidents. The most notorious offense was when two Washington, D.C Metro workers were struck and killed by a maintenance truck, the driver of which was found to be texting; other collisions occur with distractions as well. Fines can be imposed up to $2,750 for truck drivers caught texting.

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Dog Attacks in Boston and Massachusetts

Massachusetts residents enjoy significant legal protection from vicious dog owners. In Boston, we have been representing victims of dog and other animal bite injuries in Boston, and throughout Massachusetts, since 1985. Each case is different, however, we have drafted this column for general reference for our clients. The following is the full statute regarding the law in this matter:

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Attorney Thiadora A. Pina Joins Boston organization’s Board of Directors

The Law Office of Neil Burns is pleased to announce that associate attorney, Attorney Thiadora A. Pina has been elected to the Board of Directors for Cape Verdean Community Unity, known as CVC Unido. CVC Unido is considered the only Cape Verdean agency in the City of Boston. Formed in 1999, as The Cape Verdean Task Force, it became CVC Unidoin 2004 in an effort to underscore the fact that the agency was a vibrant community agency serving the greater Boston Cape Verdean community.

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Boston, Massachusetts Clients Beware of Play Yard Bassinets

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling over 200,000 Safety 1st Disney Care Center Play Yards and Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards bassinets. While no injuries have yet to be reported, the design of the bassinets has a defect that may cause suffocation: there are metal bars under the structure. If they become loose, the sleeping surface cam become uneven, risking suffocation for young children.

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Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Injury Cases Handled by Boston Firms

We have been representing victims on bicycles and pedestrians who have been struck by cars and trucks in Boston, and throughout Massachusetts, since 1985. Each case is different, however, we have drafted this column for general reference for our clients. Massachusetts has a law which guides lawyers and courts as to the legal responsibility of bicycle riders:

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The IME Insurer’s Medical Examination

Following a bodily injury claim, your insurance company has the right to request that you present to a doctor of the insurance company’s choice for a medical examination. No matter who is at fault in an automobile accident, your insurance company always pays the medical bills through insurance coverage that you purchased called, Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This part of your insurance policy mandates that you must cooperate with your insurance company after you present a claim to your insurance company. This part of your policy also mandates that as part of this cooperation, you must present to a doctor for a medical examination if your insurance company requests you do so. Thus, the right to present to the insurer’s doctor is not optional.

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